Heaven is Going to Release a Renaissance Part II

Heaven is Going to Release a Renaissance Part II
July 16, 2017, Leslie Lyons

The Excellency of the Power May be of God

Today while downloading YouTube videos on the history of the Renaissance, I was given a revelation of a thousand words in a blink of an eye. Around six years ago, I was given a vision of a Leonardo da Vinci drawing called the “Vitruvian man”. It is also called the “Measurement of Man”. It seemed as this was an important revelation at the time, although I read all the information I could find on this subject, the meaning of the revelation escaped me. I put the word on the self. God at times seems to release revelation piece meal, bit by bit. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;” (2 Corinthians 4:7-8 KJV).

Then on February 3, 2017, I received another revelation of a thousand words of which I wrote down to the best of my ability. Which I posted to my blog lclioncross.com called “Heaven is Going to Release a Renaissance”. It was very similar to a revelation I received in 2002 which I posted to my blog; http://lclioncross.tripod.com/id28.html
called “Economic Revival”.

Yesterday, another revelation was given me. An image of the Vitruvian Man again, and why that drawing was given to me. I sensed that this is an important part of the new millennium that is dawning upon us. Again I tried to research and pin down a more concise meaning to the cornucopia of delight that I experienced and saw.

Who is this Venturian, and How does He relate to the New Renaissance?

Leonardo da Vinci was/is a well know Renaissance savant. He drew the drawing of the Venturian Man from the inspiration of the Roman architect Vitruvius. Specifically from the treatise “Ten Books on Architecture. Book III, Chapter I, “On Symmetry: In Temples And In The Human Body”. It is thought da Vinci did a lot of graphic work on commission for Vitruvius. But both men shared an important belief. Da Vinci “believed the workings of the human body to be an analogy for the workings of the universe”

Scripture confirms Vitruvious and da Vinci’s Findings

Scripture confirms Vitruvius and da Vinci that the Tabernacle, the Temple, and the human body are the same thing, just in different forms. Representing the modus operandi and dwelling place of almighty God.

“Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God shall destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which you are” (1 Cor 3:16-17).

What does this have to do with the coming Renaissance?

What is a Renaissance? It means re-birth. It is Jubilee. It is the expression of LOVE and Blessings from our heavenly Father. It comes after a period of cleansing. It came after Jesus has been in the wilderness and angels ministered unto Him. It comes to the common Christian in the world when they have been in the fire of the potter’s hand being formed for eternal purposes. There is always a time of consolation and rebirth that follows, whether in this life or the next for those who love the Lord.

But this time of consolation and this time of Jubilee will be truly remarkable. It is a world wide blessing that has never been seen or experienced. It is the Love of God which passes all understanding. “that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of the understanding, to the full knowledge of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;” (Colossians 2:2). “And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

The final piece of the puzzle

I still felt a nagging lack of conclusion to this revelation. So today I was having my morning Denney’s breakfast with psychologist and farmer Walter Johnson. I was relating my revelation experience. He was well read on the background images I had received. He immediately poured forth that it was easy to see what God was trying to communicate to me. It was a mathematical equation, a formation of geometry. God expresses Himself through each and every true believer. Each one of us has a special gift, in which to gift others.

Wham! A lightning bolt of light flashed through my mind! Of course, God will use the vehicle of the church on earth to express himself in Jubilee. Through the church, the entire earth will be blessed. Blessed be His name, Jubilee is not about us so much about us as it is about the plans of the Creator God to display before the universe His glory and power. But we get as His children get to share in the after glow of Poppa God! Amen.

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Leslie is a revivalist with a radical Christianity point of view. Retired and an on-call Chaplain for the Springfield Justice Center Jail in Springfield, Oregon. He has written three easy-to-read commentaries on Job, Psalms, and Revelation.

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The Precious Promise – To him who overcomes

The Precious Promise – To him who overcomes
Leslie Lyons 7.1.2017

“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and have sat down with My Father in His throne” Revelation 3:21 MKJV.

To “overcome” is to unite LOVE and TRUTH as our Lord Jesus did. LOVE is the essence of God, and TRUTH is the pure white light emanating from it. Jesus took on human flesh and crucified its inherently evil nature. From start to end, from birth to death, Jesus suffered through the most grievous temptations and sufferings. More than anyone had ever experienced, before and after His time.

This is the shining but perplexing example to all the universe. The marvel and wonder of the Lord who was commander and chief. The Lord of Lords, King of kings who took on the humble servant who served others. He now sits upon a throne and gave this proclamation to all those who wished to follow Him, and His example.

For “to sit with Me in My throne”, means not to sit on a high place in glory and authority with the Lord Jesus, like we have achieved something special. For the meaning of “throne” is heaven. For where God is, there is heaven located. For every Christian knows, that God is still on the throne.

For heaven (or “throne”) is a delightful place. Full of peace, righteousness, and joy.

“I have spoken these things to you so that you might have peace in Me. In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world” John 16:33.

So heaven (the “throne”) is a free gift. But – it comes with stipulations. It plainly says “To him who overcomes I will grant”. It is not tip-toeing through the tulips singing “white as snow, white as snow, Olly Olly oxen free”. Once saved, always saved.

But Jesus is saying “even as I also overcame and have sat down with My Father in His throne”. He is saying to the church I have shown you the way to heaven, I am on the sidelines cheering you on. But be cautious.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that he also will reap. For he sowing to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh. But he sowing to the Spirit will reap life everlasting from the Spirit. But we should not lose heart in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not faint” Galatians 6:7-9

There is a time to run the race, and there is a time for us to enter into that peace.

“But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the overflowing of peace” Psalm 37:11

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” Revelation 3:22.

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The Little Known and Real Meaning of the Term “Second Coming of Jesus Christ”

The Little Known and Real Meaning of the Term “Second Coming of Jesus Christ” Leslie Lyons 06.26.2017

The second coming of Jesus Christ has historically been one of the most important events of the Christian faith doctrine. Jesus himself talked extensively about this future event in Matthew Chapter 24.

Essentially it has been interpreted that Jesus will appear in the sky and will call the faithful home to heaven before the final judgment falls upon this world. Many books have been written describing this event. Most notably Tim LeHay and the “Left Behind” series, that was immensely popular Christian literature during the 1990s. This is also the prevailing and accepted doctrine in the Christian church. The only point of contention among Bible scholars is WHEN will it occur? Pre-trib, Mid-trib or Post-trib?.

Although I am a person of no reputation, I can share unto you what God has revealed to my mind through His spirit regarding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. First of all, our modern interpretation of this event found in Bible Scripture is flawed in one major characteristic. That is how does the Second Coming affect ME or MYSELF? What is my destiny here in this world? How am I different from others? Me, Me, Me, and little me!.

But the truth is found not only in the New Testament, it is found and revealed in the Book of Revelation;

“And the seventh angel sounded. And there were great voices in Heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ. And He will reign forever and ever” Revelation 11:15 MKJV.

A Breakdown of The Reveled Truth of the “Second Coming”

This is from a private Bible Study in the Book of Revelation. I self-published Part I in 2015, called “A Testimony of Jesus. Notes on The Book of Revelation Part I”. This portion is from “A Testimony of Jesus. Notes on The Book of Revelation Part II”;

Verse 15: And the seventh angel sounded. And there were great voices in Heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ. And He will reign forever and ever. (Rev 11:15)

The previous six angels and six trumpets were all parts of an examination and judgment of the church on earth (the golden censer thrown into the earth Chapter 8:5). In this verse, the angel is mentioned but the trumpet is not. This is not a proclamation from the throne as in the case of the first six angels and six trumpets. It states that “the seventh angel sounded”. This means the source and authority of the divine heaven are now ascending to the throne.

The number “seven” is what is holy or holiness. And as “seven” signifies the same as a week, and six days are days of labor, and of what belongs to man, and the seventh day is holy and the Lord’s (Exodus 20:8-11). This seventh day, or “seventh angel” or that which now belongs to the Lord in eternity future is the shining moment of the Lord Jesus. This what is commonly called “The Second Coming of Jesus Christ”.

The “And there were great voices in heaven. They begin to say The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ. And He will reign forever and ever”. There is worship, adoration, and LOVE to the one who first loved us. They also know that in justice and righteousness that the Lord Jesus should assume His rightful place as the head of the church. They are not only celebrating, they are happy and proud for the humble servant who they know is their Poppa Daddy.

The first six trumpets of the shifting and shaking of the church on earth which is the “kingdoms of this world” is now complete. The “seventh” angel is now being revealed. They have become “kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ”. Glory, glory, glory! The human-divine man who was crucified died and rose from the dead is now shown as KING!

“The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand”
John 3:35

The essence of the Father is found in the Son. Much like a body houses a soul. We will never see God as he really exists, but for eternity we will see His perfect reflection. And that is Jesus the Christ.

“I and my Father are one” John 10:30 KJV

We can now imagine the vision that the Apostle John is describing. The glorious majestic King of Kings ascending the throne, perhaps wearing a regal purple robe, “And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots” Matt 27:35 KJV.

This is The Mission and Purpose of the Now Emerging Church

The circle of life among the history of the church on the earth is now almost complete. There is now a conjunction and consummation of all things. Jesus the Messiah has taken His rightful place on the throne as the true head of the church. This my brethren is what God has shown me in what is the true meaning of the “Second Coming of Jesus Christ”.

The second coming of Jesus Christ is not a natural event that will occur in the natural world. It is a spiritual event that will take place in heaven and manifest itself spiritually on the earth, and the church in particular.

With this truth in mind, and as a banner and shield, the new emerging church will grow and prosper. This church body will find and encounter much resistance from the old church guard. They will be stubborn and militant, but “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony. And they did not love their soul until death” Revelation 12:11 MKJV.

May I suggest a reading of “The Harvest” by Rick Joyner and “The Vision of the Body of Christ, and the End Time Ministries” by Tommy Hicks (1961) to further illustrate these truths.

May God be glorified as we progress to our own glorious future!

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them”
Ephesians 2:10 MKJV

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What is “Covenant Rest”? It is God’s Rest and It is Christ our Jubilee

What is “Covenant Rest”? It is God’s Rest and It is Christ our Jubilee Leslie Lyons 5.14.2017

Last year God spoke to me a thousand words of revelation as in a blink of the eye. The words “Covenant Rest”. This is the true heavenly meaning of Jubilee as it was revealed to me. May God be glorified.

Covenant Rest is Based on the Ten Commandments

It is found in Exodus Chapter 20. It is the sum and summation of all kingdom principles and truths. The two stone tablets on which the law was written was called “the tablets of the covenant”. The ark that contained the two stone tablets was called the “ark of the covenant” and the law was called “the covenant”. These are the regulations and requirements of man’s behavior toward God and toward his fellow humans on earth. Kingdom principles. This covenant is found throughout the world. Not only in this world, but it is the basic spiritual principle for all the residents in heaven.

Jesus (God taking on human form) Clarified This Covenant

He clarified the meaning of the two stones (ten WORDS) of the covenant into the two Great Commandments. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (Matthew 22:37-40 KJV).

A covenant is a partnership. An agreement between God and men. The covenant contains all things related to God, and the other of all things related to us (two stones). His blood is called the “blood of the covenant” (Matthew 26:28). Our WORD is composed of the “old covenant” and the “new covenant”.

The supreme characteristic of this covenant is LOVE. “If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love, even as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love” (John 15:10 MKJV).

Covenant Rest Relating to The Lord’s Prayer

He instructed his followers “Therefore pray in this way: Our Father, who is in Heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10 MKJV). Supremely, we are to pray, and to pray only for God’s will to be done. “on earth as it is in Heaven”. Currently, there is a disengagement of this connection with the church on earth as an aggregate.

“Can two walk together unless they are agreed?” (Amos 3:3)

If God is denied His rightful place as the head of the church on earth, then we are not in agreement, there is no covenant rest. Heaven and earth are not connected. This is a result of the prevailing church doctrine called Sola Fide, “by faith alone”. Salvation is obtained by grace + faith + nothing. In effect, the two stones of the Decalogue covenant are made of no effect. Because one tablet is our relationship to God, and the second tablet is our responsibility.

If we say white as snow, white as snow. I can add nothing to the finished work of Christ, it induces a stupor of laziness. We rely on our priests and pastors to shoulder the load. We go to church to “fill up”. We become as the cup that is clean on the outside and not on the inside. We think we are observing the first tablet of love to God and the second, love to the neighbor, but in reality, SELF will still dominate. “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Which are the (commandments) tablets of the covenant (Luke 6:46 KJV)

I may speak in different languages, whether human or even of angels. But if I don’t have love, I am only a noisy bell or a ringing cymbal” (1 Corinthians 13:1 ERV). There is currently TRUTH (WORD) in the church, but it is not co-joined to LOVE (esse). As a result, there is no covenant rest to glorify our Lord.

Covenant Rest Relating to: “Marriage of the Lamb” Revelation Chapter 19:7,9

“Let us be glad and rejoice and we will give glory to Him. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has prepared herself. (Rev 19:7). And he said to me, Write, Blessed are those who have been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb, And he said to me, These are the true sayings of God” (Rev 19:9).

The “marriage of the Lamb” (Rev 19:7), is the joining together of the church on earth and the church in heaven, where the relationship had been severed. The higher meaning is the right covenant relationship with the Lord in heaven and the church on the earth. The highest meaning is the “marriage” of GOOD (LOVE) and TRUTH (WORD). The sun and the moon. Just as Jesus was transfigured, “And He was transfigured before them. And His face shone as the sun, and His clothing was white as the light” (Matthew 17:2 MKJV). He was transfigured because LOVE (esse) of God had overcome His human nature, and was conjoined to the TRUTH (revealed WORD). The marriage of the lamb was complete.

The “marriage supper of the lamb” (Rev 19:9). In the future, those in the church who have embraced the TRUTH of doctrine that faith alone cannot save, and Jesus must take His rightful place as the head of the church as told in this book. They will follow the example of their Lord and have LOVE (the Cross) conjoined to TRUTH (the WORD). But to love the neighbor greater than ourselves through appropriating the power of the cross (LOVE) and the power of the blood (TRUTH). Following the example set by our Lord Jesus, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2 KJV).

When the church has come into this right relationship with Jesus as the true head of the church, which is His body. Then there is a celebration (“supper”). A blessed happiness, freedom and rejoicing that our God is finally, truly honored. Christ is our Jubilee. But in the highest order, the Church has been restored into a right relation to the Decalogue and to the residents of heaven. God is able to have
”Covenant Rest”.

“And Jehovah said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, in his erring; he is flesh. Yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years”.
(Genesis 6:3 MKJV). God will achieve His covenant rest as described in the Book of Revelation. Culminating with “And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her Husband”. (Revelation 21:2 MKJV).

The Doobie Brothers “Without Love”.

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Grace through Faith vs The Law in the Book of Galatians

L Lyons  (Re-Post)

The modern Christian church teaches that since Jesus died on the cross, our sins are forgiven.  The blood of Jesus makes us white as snow.  If we do sin and confess our sins, Jesus in HIS righteousness will forgive us and restore us.  Through the cross, He has taken our place through the propitiation of sins. We are justified by faith. No longer are we under the yoke and bondage of the law.  Sola Fide.

But as any student of the Bible may discover, there seem to be many contradictory statements.  Especially in the teachings of the Apostle Paul, especially in the Book of Galatians. This Book gives an account of what could be called the “old school religion” (Judaism), vs the “new school religion” (Christianity).  Paul had travelled this region previously and had planted churches there.  However, in his absence, the old school church had come in and won over some converts back from the new school church.  At the very least the gospel he had preached was significantly watered down.  This letter from Paul is an attempt to correct the errors of theology and doctrine taking place in these churches.

I would make the supposition that so much of the modern church has derived their doctrine of grace from this letter (and the Book of Romans), that they have overreached its meaning.  It must first be put in context that Paul was admonishing the errors in the old school church that had crept into the churches at Galatia.

“I marvel that you so soon are being moved away from Him who called you into the grace of Christ, to another gospel” (Galatians 1:6).  In this verse, the gospel of the “grace of Christ”, the word grace is Strong’s definition from G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude).  In other words, God in His infinite wisdom and love, blessing humankind.

“We Jews by nature, and not sinners of the nations, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the Law, but through faith in Jesus Christ; even we believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith in Christ, and not by works of the Law. For all flesh will not be justified by works of law” (Galatians 2:15-16)

In this verse, Paul is making the argument that the Jews are no longer justified by the law, but in the new covenant of Faith in the work of Jesus. The point he was making was the gentiles never partook in the Jewish faith.  Why should they go to some religion they were never a part of in the first place?.

“I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself on my behalf” (Galatians 2:20).  This verse gives the impression to live by faith only in the finished works of Christ.  That Paul cannot do anything apart from faith through God’s grace.  But one has to remember that Jesus, in His agony on the cross did not take away the sins of the world, but He BORE them. It is up to the believer to appropriate the strength from the cross to overcome sin.  “And He said to all, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23).  To “Pick up the cross..” means to fight against the temptations and lusts of the flesh.  This requires a conscious and willful action.  Grace plus faith alone in the cross is not enough to overcome sin.

There are many other verses in Galatians which one could gain the impression that it is grace + faith + nothing.  Grace and faith are wonderful gifts of the gospel.  But it is only one-half of the equation.  “For of God we are fellow-workers, a field of God, and you are a building of God. Each one’s work shall be revealed.  For the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try each one’s work as to what kind it is.  If anyone’s work which he built remains, he shall receive a reward.  If anyone’s work shall be burned up, he shall suffer loss. But he shall be saved, yet so as by fire” (1Co3:9,13-15).  Notice that one has to work.

“My brothers, what profit is it if a man says he has faith and does not have works? Can faith save him?” (James 2:14).  It is very apparent from reading this Scripture, that we have to cooperate and willfully participate (work) in our salvation.

Jesus and illustrations of His commandments in the Bible

Jesus in his dissertations and teachings on the principles of His kingdom seemed to always be teaching one thing; commandments (The Law). These were not suggestions. They were not friendly wisdom or psychiatric advise.  It meant obedience.  They were in the same vein and language in which He gave the ten commandments. i.e. “You shall, You shall, You shall…”. For example;

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. As I have loved you, you should also love one another” (John 13:34)

“You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you”, (Matthew 5:43-44)

“But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne”: (Matthew 5:34)

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”. (John 15:12)

“And why do you call Me Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)

“And He said to him, Why do you call Me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17).

In Matthew 19:17, The question then is what commandments is Christ specifically referring to that we must keep for us to “enter into life?”.  He tells us the reason He came to earth;  “The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).  So for us to “enter into life”, we must keep the commandments.  This leads us back to Exodus 20:6; “and showing mercy to thousands of those that love Me and keep My commandments. The exact same words Christ used in Matthew 19:17, are used in Exodus 20:6, which is the Ten Commandants or the Decalogue.

So when the modern church considers the Ten Commandments, they consider them as null and void since the advent of the Lord unto the cross.  That the law is made of no effect since Jesus suffered on the cross and took upon Himself the sins of the world.  But in reality, just the opposite situation occurred.  When the Divine of God took on human form and came to the earth, He shined more light and illumination on the Ten Commandments.  The Ten Commandments are the sum and substance of all religion and faith.  It is the summation of all heavenly kingdom principles. “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

Jesus was the Savior of the world because “they might have life”. He took on human form and showed his creatures of creation how to find life abundant.  He showed us Himself and His Kingdom.  He showed us how to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil.  He took sin upon his flesh and crucified it until it became Divine.  Through His sacrifice, He freely gave in His love unto us to share in His Kingdom;

“according as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who has called us to glory and virtue, through which He has given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, so that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also in this very thing, bringing in all diligence, filling out your faith with virtue, and with virtue, knowledge; and with knowledge self-control, and with self-control, patience, and with patience, godliness, and with godliness, brotherly kindness, and with brotherly kindness, love. For if these things are in you and abound, they make you to be neither idle nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2Peter 1:3-8).

The symbolism of the cross was grace personified.  Jesus tenderly showing how the law could be fulfilled.  The appearance of Creator Jesus to the earth was a monumental example to all of the universe.  It was an astonishing illustration of the Love and beauty of our Lord.

Grace and the Law are like a Pendulum

The Christian life can be compared to a pendulum.  At one side the weight swings to kingdom grace, and to the other side swings to kingdom law.  At the very center between these two is perfect equilibrium.  This represents the child of God being centered in Christ. We are told to keep our focus and our eyes on Jesus. “Be mindful of things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be of this mind. And if in anything you are otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this to you. Yet, as to what we have already attained, let us walk in the same rule, let us mind the same thing” (Philippians 3:14-16).

“Therefore, holy brothers, called to be partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1).  The Christian’s goal is to be always centered in the equilibrium position with Christ.  The physics of a pendulum can be compared to spiritual laws.  One swing back and forth of the weight is called a period.  If the arc of the swing is small, it is called a true period. This represents although we are not in the complete center with Christ, we are well within His scope and control.  But wild upward swings back and forth of the weight are called an empty pendulum.  The force of the weight is such, that the momentum is always in front of the weight.  This represents that we are out of control, and out of the protection and will of Christ.  We are running out in front.

What does this have to do with law and grace?  What happens when the arc of the pendulum is extremely tilted toward the law?  If the Christian depends too much on the merit of works and striving to obtain perfection, they make null and void the work of Christ.  They are like Martha, always doing busy work.  They are not like Mary who rests in the comfort and love of her Lord. The Christian becomes an empty pendulum.

What happens when the arc of the pendulum is tilted extremely towards grace?  If the Christian depends on only the merit of Christ and His propitiation for sin, this excuses them of any responsibility.  They say grace plus faith, plus nothing.  White as snow, white as snow, my sins are all white as snow through the shed blood of Jesus.  However, they are like; “And everyone who hears these sayings of Mine and does not do them shall be compared to a foolish man who built his house on the sand” (Matthew 7:26).  They have not centered themselves on the truth and wisdom of the WORD.  The Christian becomes an empty pendulum.

This is why it is important for the Christian to be centered in the equilibrium position in Christ. This is our daily goal and purpose. “Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it. Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

Grace, Faith and The Law Agree

 The seemingly strong contradictions in Scripture regarding salvation, faith, and the law are no contradictions at all.  If fact, just the opposite is the case.  “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion (Proverbs 8:12 ESV).  These concepts dwell together in kingdom harmony.

It could be said that The Law is TRUTH, and that grace and faith are LOVE and Mercy.  One is the steadfast unchangeable principles of God’s kingdom.  The other is the everlasting, eternal LOVE and Mercy of God. One requires obedience to kingdom principles, and the other appropriates the strength and power to live according to those principles.

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Overcoming Betrayal

Overcoming Betrayal  04.21.2017

In the last year, it seems like I have had some very hurtful betrayals enter my life.  From the heartache flamed up an intense anger and resentment.  This is not a Bible commentary on the betrayals that Jesus endured, but a simple sharing of some wisdom what a mentor shared unto me.  These are his words;

“This note is not directed at you but is you overhearing something He is guiding me in if you like to read on.

The Elijah prime, he was to prepare the way of God coming to the Hebrews: particularly in the destroying of the “prophets” of Baal.

Elijah #second coming: John the Baptist preaching repentance as the way to make way for Jesus’ entrance into our experience.

The Puritan experience: praying for the gift of repentance which is different than feeling sorry for our mess-ups.

Perhaps the reason God seems so far away it is that I am instead far away.
Removed by fouled thinking,
Giving attention and undue significance to some idea more than hearing God’s protective revelation for today’s challenges,
Judging God inadvertently, sort of resenting His lack of response to my pains,
Giving up, using my default responses to various situations,
Just not seeing my ever present depravity because I like to feel that I am still pretty much O.K.
Still doing good, even at His direction (I think)

Oh, my.

So my prayer is that the two boys who steal money from me at the store every week:  “The Lord judge you” instead of  “ Just wait until I catch you and haul your sorry little assess down to the cops”  “I forgive you, Lord forgive me, too” instead of Gritting my teeth and feeling the fire within”.  (Walt Johnson)

“And they said unto them, The LORD look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us. And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all”. (Exodus 5:21-23 KJV)

I now realize I was leveling the same charges against God that Moses had used.  “Why are you not doing something to right all these wrongs and evils?”.  But like Moses, I had forgotten I was the one who had committed murder in my heart.  My dear brother reminded me that the proper response is always “the Lord judge you”.


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“Slave And Free Men”, The Spiritual Meaning” 2.15.2017

“Slave And Free Men”, The Spiritual Meaning”   2.15.2017

“And it causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand, or in their foreheads,”  (Revelation 13:16)

For this discussion, I am using the text from the Bible commentary “Apocalypse Explained”, written by Emanuel Swedenborg.  Each verse in the Book of Revelation is broken down and examined to find, open up and expose the spiritual meaning as the angels in heaven perceive it.  For they have the exact same WORD in their spiritual realm as we do in our natural world, only the significance, implication or idea is spiritual.  For it is well known in our world that the WORD; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).  So by implication and association, at it’s highest level Scripture is a direct revealed reflection of the essence of our creator.  “whom having not seen, you love; in whom not yet seeing, but believing in Him you exult with unspeakable joy, and having been glorified,” (1 Peter 1:8).

Following this line of thought, by interpreting Scripture from a purely natural or worldly thought is OK, but we need to reach higher.  Scripture is not about us, it is all about God in the final analysis.  He is the potter, we are the clay.  Everything else is dung and ashes.

This brings us to a discussion of Revelation 13:16 and the idea of slaves and slavery.  There are Old Testament laws and principles and New Testament principles regarding slaves and slavery.  In the book of Philemon, Paul addresses Onesimus (Who was a slave at his conversion).  I would suggest Paul is saying to Onesimus that to honor the Lord Jesus and His supreme sacrifice on the cross is to deny himself and to return that love back to his Lord, “..not my will, but thy will be done”.  If he becomes a free man or not, only God knows.  This is wisdom and practical truth to help us walk in this world according to kingdom principles.  This is a natural or worldly application of the WORD.

So how do we reconcile and find a spiritual, heavenly meaning to be found in Revelation 13:16, for the concept of slaves?.  Who are these people who are called free and bond?.

The Spiritual Meaning of Revelation 13:16

Do we just assume this verse is speaking only of all the known living people in the world?  No, because that is only the natural worldly meaning.

By looking at the Swedenborg Bible commentary, each verse is given a reference heading number in order to expound on its spiritual meaning. (Emphasis mine)

“AE 836. (v. 16) “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond”.  That this signifies: Lower and higher  2) Wise and simple, both those who 3) Think from themselves and those who think from others, is evident from the signification of all, “small and great”, as denoting lower and higher, or more common and more eminent.  And from the signification of rich and poor, as denoting the wise and simple.  That those are called rich who possess much knowledge of good and truth, thus who are wise.  That those are called poor who have not the knowledge of good and truth, because they have not the Word.  The same is evident from the signification of “free and bond”, as denoting those who think from themselves and those who think from others. To think from themselves is to consider from themselves whether a thing is true or false, and so to choose the one and reject the other.  For freedom is to think and live from the Lord, and bondage is to think and live from hell; that these are free.

That the Lord, by means of His Divine truth, makes them free, is declared in John 7:32-36;

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.  They answered, “We are Abraham’s children! We have never been anyone’s slaves. How can you say we will be set free?”  Jesus replied: I tell you for certain that anyone who sins is a slave of sin!  And slaves don’t stay in the family forever, though the Son will always remain in the family. If the Son gives you freedom, you are free!”

And that the church, when it is in faith from love, is in a state of freedom, but when it is in faith without love is in a state of bondage, and that this is meant by the Lord’s words in John (21:18).  From these considerations it follows, that by bondmen are meant those who do not think from themselves but from others, and who do not perceive whether a thing is true or false, and yet acknowledge that it is true. That these are the bond, when those who think from themselves are the free.”

What Do The Angels See in Revelation 13:16?

Because the WORD they are seeing and reading is the supreme spiritual reflection of their Lord in TRUTH, to them, it is an unending source of beauty and delight!.  They have an unfettered illumination of TRUTH and WISDOM.  They have also been given the ability to see the contrast of light and darkness.  In other words, how close or distant from the TRUTH the Scripture portrays those it is discussing.  Or what is the same, the spiritual condition of those people and their ability to comprehend the TRUTH.

God Cannot Condone or Wink at Slavery -Ever!

Jesus Himself stated very clearly, “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me; because of this He has anointed Me to proclaim the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and new sight to the blind, to set at liberty those having been crushed,” (Luke 4:18).

Slavery only exists in Hell.  The Kingdom of God in heaven and earth exists and stands on the greatest document ever written, the Decalogue or the Ten Commandments.  In our Word, the only item was written by the finger of God, in stone.  “and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,” (Ephesians 2:20).  The kingdom of heaven is built on love to God, and love to neighbor.

So very clearly, the spiritual meaning of slave and free has nothing to do with an institution of slavery.  It simply means one who has the ability to see, hear and comprehend TRUTH.  And the other extreme means vagueness, error, and misapprehension of TRUTH.  The arrow from the bow has missed its mark!  They have been led astray.

One is happy, joyous and free.  One is sad, mean and in captivity.  The LOVE of God says, “Come home, repent and turn the other way before it is too late.  I Love you with an everlasting love”.  This is the spiritual meaning and heavenly meaning of “free and bond”.


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